Stevan Harrell is an anthropologist whose primary professional interests lie in building collaborations between earth scientists and social scientists to understand better how people relate to their environments, and then using the knowledge from these collaborations to help local people solve local problems. Theoretically, this means a combination of ethno-ecology and resilience theory; substantively, it means looking at the historical relations between people and natural resources, particularly forests; and geographically, it happens mostly in Liangshan, China, but also in Taiwan and in Washington State. Implications of this interest have led him to co-found the Yangjuan Primary School in Liangshan and the Cool Mountain Education Fund. His other interests are in building scholarly community across cultural barriers, particularly with scholars in China, and in promoting international student exchange. This in turn gives him reason to be interested in translation, particularly between the English and Chinese languages.